Big Ten Weekly Hockey Release

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• Six teams take this ice this week in a trio of conference series, highlighted by a top-15 matchup between No. 6/7 Ohio State and No. 13/13 Penn State. Four games will be carried on linear networks, with the remaining contests streaming on BTN Plus.

• Following a weekend sweep of Michigan, Notre Dame improved to 12-0-0-0 in conference action, making it the first Big Ten team ever to go undefeated through 12 conference games. The Fighting Irish are currently riding the longest unbeaten streak in the nation at 15 games, going 15-0-0 over that stretch. Penn State has the third-longest active unbeaten streak in the nation at 10 games (7-0-3).

• Five Big Ten teams appear in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. Notre Dame paces conference teams at No. 1 in both the USCHO.com rankings and the coaches poll. Ohio State follows at No. 6/7, Minnesota checks in at No. 9/11, Penn State comes in at No. 13/13, while Wisconsin is No. 18 in the USCHO.com poll and is receiving votes in the coaches rankings.

• Since the 2013-14 season, five Big Ten schools (Michigan, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Penn State and Wisconsin) have been ranked in the top five of both the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. Those five teams have combined to be ranked in the top five of both polls a total of 79 times, with at least one top-five team in 59 out of 114 weeks.

• Tickets are on sale for the third annual “Super Saturday – College Hoops & Hockey” doubleheader, which will feature Ohio State taking on Minnesota in men’s basketball and Michigan State facing the Gophers in hockey at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. The men’s basketball contest will tip off at Noon ET, and the hockey game will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster (ticketmaster.com), by calling (866) 858-0008 or at MSG.com.

• Three alums from current Big Ten schools have been named to the U.S. roster for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games: Chad Kolarik from Michigan, Jim Slater from Michigan State and Ryan Stoa from Minnesota. In addition, a trio of current and former Badgers will head Team USA’s management and coaching staff. Wisconsin head coach Tony Granato will serve as head coach of Team USA, former UW defenseman, NHL award-winner and Hockey Hall of Famer Chris Chelios heads a group of assistants and Jim Johannson, who played with Granato at Wisconsin as well as on the American squad that competed in the ‘88 Games in Calgary, is the general manager. The men’s hockey tournament will begin on Feb. 14 with the gold medal game scheduled for Feb. 25.

• The Canadian Olympic team will also feature a trio of standouts from current Big Ten schools, as Michigan’s Andrew Ebbett and Wisconsin’s Rene Bourque and Cody Goloubef will represent Canada in PyeongChang.

• The United States claimed the bronze medal at the 2018 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship with an 9-3 victory over the Czech Republic on Jan. 5. Wisconsin’s Trent Frederic was named the U.S. Player of the Game after netting four of the team’s nine goals. The team included Michigan’s Quinn Hughes, Will Lockwood and Josh Norris, Minnesota’s Ryan Lindgren and Casey Mittelstadt, Notre Dame’s Andrew Peeke and Frederic, while Ohio State Associate Head Coach Steve Miller served behind the bench as an assistant coach.

• Big Ten teams currently occupy four of the top 20 positions on the national team scoring list. Penn State leads the nation with 4.09 goals per game, followed by Michigan in 13th (3.25), Notre Dame in 15th (3.23) and Wisconsin in 17th with 3.22 goals per contest.